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City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

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Walking Beats on Hawthorne Change Tenor of Community

Relations Between Police, Community Remain Priority for Mayor Hales

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014 – For the past six months, Portland Police Bureau officers have been walking beats, an old-fashioned concept that had grown out of style in past decades. The first such walking beats are part of a pilot program in downtown, the Central Eastside and along Hawthorne Boulevard.Mayor Hales, Sgt. DeLand

Reporter Sami Edge of Willamette Week spent several days in August shadowing the officers along Hawthorne, and talking to business people, customers, service providers and youths who hang out along the commercial strip.

“I was convinced that a return to walking beats would change the way the community interacts with Portland Police,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Finding a new dynamic between Portlanders and Portland Police has been my priority since I took office. And we’re seeing it on Hawthorne. The officers are great. The community is happy. This is a success.”

Hales’ initiatives in 2013 and 2014 have included shepherding through reforms spelled out in a Department of Justice settlement agreement; a focus on the Office of Youth Violence Prevention; the Enough is Enough campaign to encourage community activism in fighting violence; the Black Male Achievement initiative; equity projects with the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and a three-day equity training for senior, white, male leaders in the mayor’s office and Portland Police command staff titled, “White Men as Full Diversity Partners.”

Mayor in Nick's Famous Coney IslandTo see if the walking beats are working, Hales toured Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 29, speaking with customers, shop owners, street youths and officers, including Sgt. Ric DeLand, who’s been with Portland Police for 24 years.

“We’re interacting with them every day,” DeLand said of the street youths on Hawthorne. “We’re involved in their joys, their breakups, their hangovers, their feuds.”

The idea behind walking beats is to create a relationship between officers and members of the community, before a law-enforcement incident occurs. Central Precinct Police Commander Robert Day has been a strong proponent of the beats.

So has DeLand. “Instead of only having contact with the police when they’re being told they’re doing something wrong, they have daily contact with police, petting their dogs, getting to know their story, connecting them with services, understanding what makes them feel unsafe, letting them know we’re aware of any bad behavior,” DeLand said. “It’s analogous to parenting: Don’t ignore someone until they do something wrong and then punish them. But that’s what we do with law enforcement. It doesn’t make sense. You make everything about enforcement you’re just going to get rebellion. Make them part of the solution instead of part of the problem.”

At Ben & Jerry'sHales spoke to several people along Hawthorne, including a street musician who goes by the moniker Rain Bojangles. “Wow. It’s much better here now,” Bojangles said. He plays music on a handmade string instruments and often can be seen near the Powell’s Books on Hawthorne. “We used to have a lot of troublemakers who just made things worse for everywhere. They’re gone now, and that’s nice.”

Bojangles pointed to Sgt. DeLand and added: “He stops and talks to me almost every day. He’s a nice guy. He’s here to help.”

DeLand said the walking beats have allowed his officers to see a new aspect to the houseless community and street youths who frequent the area. “To us, prior to this, they all looked the same,” DeLand said. “Now, instead of painting everybody with a broad brush and trying to stamp out traveling in Portland, we’ve targeted the bad behaviors. That builds credibility with the larger community through word-of-mouth.”

And is there danger, walking a beat rather than being in a patrol car? DeLand laughs. “Of the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds dogs I’ve pet — all these ‘vicious’ pit bulls — the only time I’ve been bit was by a 7-pound Chihuahua named Pizza. I made the mistake of petting Pizza while he was sound asleep.”

 

Support for Human Trafficking Survivors

Mayor Hales Dedicates Funds to Helping Human Trafficking Survivors

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 — Mayor Charlie Hales and commissioners at Wednesday’s City Council meeting approved a $297,000 grant to support Janus Youth Programs’ shelter beds, treatment and case management services for human trafficking victims between 18 and 25 years old.

“The program saves women’s lives,” Hales said. “And it helps make the community safer by removing gangs’ revenue source.”

Humans have become the second-most lucrative commodity on the black market behind drugs, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office reports. Gangs and other criminal organizations prefer humans because they’re a reusable resource; they can be resold.

That horrific dehumanization most frequently affects teenagers, both girls and boys, and is becoming more common in Portland because of the city’s position on Interstate 5 and the airport. Traffickers recruit girls who are 12 to 14 years old, spanning socioeconomic status, education level, and race, according to the district attorney.

Portland Police Sgt. Mike Geiger on Wednesday spoke in support of the funding. His highlighted the tremendous need to support safe places for trauma victims.

Below is a transcript of Sgt. Geiger's remarks at Council:

"This has been a long fight, a difficult one. We’ve been engaged in it for a few years now, and I think that much of what we’ve been trying to come to grips with is how does that happen here and what’s going on with our children and our community.

Human trafficking is becoming one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world today. We’ve been trying to figure out how we strike a balance between accountability, between law enforcement, and the needs of the child — the needs of the vulnerable and the violated.

What this funding shows me is confirmation that the city of Portland has chosen to take a stand on behalf of the vulnerable, and on behalf of the violated. And I would say that support for law enforcement and support for the victims are not mutually exclusive. What we have come to learn is the way in which we view an individual dictates the way we respond to that individual. So, by providing advocacy resources and a safe place to stay, we’re telling them that the overriding goal is the restoration, and their removal from the life of exploitation and victimization to one of health and safety and a positive future. Those things can’t be accomplished absent the support services we brought to bear on their behalf.

Young people, whether they are teenagers or people in their twenties or whoever they are, they desire safety, and they desire security, and they need first and foremost to have their emotional and physical needs met before we begin to address the other facts. I think this is what this funding does, what we have seen is a dramatic increase in our ability to prosecute cases both at the state and federal level. It has been remarkable.

What I would submit, we would have never been able to accomplish that absent the support from the people like Janus Youth Programs and the Sexual Assault Resource Center. What that is, that has done, is allowed them to rebuild their emotional state, to gain a sense of security and empowerment, and to recognize finally there is a degree of victimization that they had not faced before, which empowers them to give us the information we need in order to put together a comprehensive case that brings accountability.

We are accomplishing both, and I am very happy about that because it speaks to what we think about these young people. It speaks to the priority that we have here in our community. That we want the best for them and for them to be free of exploitation. To me, that speaks to the character of our department and it speaks to the character of this council, and your support is just very much appreciated.  So, thank you."

 

Below is Sgt. Geiger's written statement. 

“For the last several years Portland has taken a leading role in the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation. We have learned this type of exploitation is difficult to identify, and even more difficult to prosecute. Much has been learned, and many relationships have been developed. The city of Portland has dedicated police resources to this fight and has made it a priority at all levels. The city has partnered with local and federal prosecutors and has taken part in many educational and awareness opportunities. Of even more importance, the city of Portland has come to recognize that if there is to be accountability, we must first meet some very basic necessities. Victims of sexual trauma very much need two things: safety and someone to care for them.

Absent a safe place, trauma victims will return to their exploiter and will likely find themselves in an even more dangerous circumstance. While it is likely they will not at first recognize safety is a priority, they will if the doors remain open. Janus Youth Program has a long record of working with vulnerable children, and has become a vital component in ensuring there is a safe place for victims. Janus is dedicated to long-term care, recognizing that there is no short-term solution.

Beyond shelter services, trauma victims need to be able to talk to a caring adult who will not judge or condemn. The Sexual Assault Resource Center provides confidential support services and advocacy. They have in many circumstances become the lifeline to children who have been left to their own devices. The relationships they maintain are what have allowed so many victims to reach a place of healing. That in turn has increased their ability to help children out of a life of exploitation.

Support from the city has allowed the Resource Center to serve more children, and even develop a response to those between the ages of 18 and 25. This is in recognition that many children identified prior to 18 continue to need help. Support from Janus will make certain we have long term shelter for those in the most need.”

Jobs

As the Recovery Grows, Portland is Positioned to Benefit

PDC Names Winners of 2014 Startup PDX Challenge

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014 -- Six startup businesses have made the cut to win the second annual Startup PDX Challenge. This year’s Challenge focused on finding entrepreneurs with diverse founding teams and the ambition to scale to a national or international market. Each company will receive a package valued at $50,000, with a $15,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space at 115 SW Ash in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown, and free professional advice, memberships and services.

In addition to the six winners, five companies have been named merit finalists and will each receive a package valued at $4,000.

The Challenge drew a field of 134 applicants, narrowed first to 19 semi-finalists and then to the six winners and five merit finalists by a selection committee which interviewed the representatives of each semi-finalist company. The winners represent both industry and demographic diversity. The full group encompasses developers of new consumer products, technology and services, and includes eight startups with women founders; five with African American founders; three with Asian founders; two with Native American founders; and one with Latino founders.

Patrick Quinton, PDC Executive Director, said, “We were thrilled with the response to this year’s call for diverse founding teams that will help us develop a more inclusive innovation community. We look forward to welcoming the winning entrepreneurs to our expanding network of experienced, innovative companies competing in the global economy.”

The six winners, all from the Portland metropolitan area, are Yellow Scope, a creator of rigorous science kits just for girls; RAFT Syrups, which brews organic botanical and cane sugar syrup for cocktails and home soda making; Society Nine, a fight gear and activewear apparel brand for women; NoAppFee.com, a technology solution to rental market problems for landlords and tenants; Design + Culture Lab, a research-based urban social lab addressing issues of cultural, racial and ethnic inequality; and Tique Box, a subscription service for specialty items from local artisans.

Merit finalists are Genki Su; VDO Interpreters; and Carehubs, from the Portland area; and ICOM of Atlanta, GA, which was also the winner of the public vote.

The Challenge winners will move into the Old Town/Chinatown space in early October; a meet and greet event on Thursday, September 25 will welcome them to the neighborhood.


 

Tech Firms in Race to Get to Portland

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014 -- According to the Portland Business journal’s Malia Spencer and Alli Pyrah, Portland’s popularity as a tech hub is squeezing an already tight office market.

See their story online at http://www.bizjournals.com/portland

The journalists talked to incoming Portland business leaders, including representatives of SurveyMonkey, Squarepsace and Airbnb. Gino Zahnd, CEO of Cozy, commented on moving his employees to the Rose City, saying, “We give everyone the choice of San Francisco or Portland, and 100 percent choose Portland.”

Chris Harder of the Portland Development Commission also is quoted saying that the PDC – the city’s development arm – is holding conversations every month with tech companies coming from the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, New York or Boston. “Right now, it’s just a flood,” Harder said.


 

Pipeline Company to Build Terminal at Port of Portland, a $500 Million Investment

 

Pembina Pipeline Corporation, a Calgary, Canada-based company, announced today that it has chosen the Port of Portland for a West Coast propane export terminal project—a half a billion dollar investment.

“This is great news," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "We welcome this investment and these jobs in Portland. The city is committed to growing our economy on the land we already have, and holding industry to very high environmental and public safety standards. This proposal meets these goals."

Under the agreement with the Port, Pembina will undertake extensive environmental and regulatory reviews and assessments and, with the Port, begin to obtain all the required permits and approvals to develop the terminal.

"Signing the Terminal Agreement is a tremendous milestone for the Project," said Mick Dilger, Pembina's President and Chief Executive Officer. "It marks the beginning of consulting and engaging with stakeholders, governments and the environmental and regulatory authorities. Building trust with the communities where we operate is a top priority for Pembina, and over the last 60 years, we have developed a reputation for honesty, transparency and treating our stakeholders with respect."

Pembina plans to develop a 37,000 barrel per day propane export facility with an anticipated in-service date of early 2018.

It is estimated that the project will generate between 600-800 temporary construction jobs and approximately 35 to 40 new, permanent positions to operate the terminal. This employment is valued at approximately $7.2 million in wages and benefits annually. Additionally, an estimated $3.3 million in annual tax revenues would go to the City of Portland, as well as $2.4 million to Multnomah County and $3.1 million to Portland Public Schools annually.

The company expects the West Coast Terminal to provide growing Canadian propane supply—derived from natural gas produced in Western Canada—with access to large, international markets while complementing the company’s expanding integrated service offering for products that are derived from natural gas.

The Oregonian's Mike Francis offers insight into the regulatory process and propane logistics.

Read all the details in Pembina's press release and in the Port of Portland press release.

 


Company That Makes iPad Sales System to Expand in Portland

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014 – New York City-based ShopKeep, which makes an iPad-based point-of-sale system for small merchants, is the latest tech company to set up shop in Portland. The Portland Business Journal’s Malia Spencer says the company is moving into a downtown office at 421 S.W. Sixth Ave.

While the current staff includes an estimated 15 is working out of temporary offices in the Liberty Centre in the Lloyd District, the new permanent space can accommodate up to 100 people, said co-CEO Norm Merritt.


 

‘Jobs’ Are Focus of PDC Projects

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014 – The focus is on jobs this week, as the Portland City Council hears a report on programs designed to lure, keep and expand employment within the city.

The council discussed funds of than $5.42 million in the budget of the Portland Development Commission – the city’s economic development arm. The money goes toward programs pegged to job creation and job retention.

Mayor, Bill Wyatt of Port of Portland, Martin Daum of Daimler“Nationally and internationally, the economic recovery has arrived. But not everyone in Portland is feeling it yet,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “We talk a lot about ‘placemaking’ and, for many Portlanders, that means access to jobs. These proposals are designed to focus directly on Portlanders and jobs.”

Hales oversees the PDC as one of his bureaus within city government.

Among those testifying Wednesday was Michael DeMarco, program manager for Our 42nd Avenue Neighborhood Prosperity Initaitive organization. DeMarco said the organization's goals include local hiring and internships.

The City Council voted 4-0 to support the programs. Which include:

  

Neighborhood Economic Development: $3.38 million

This program includes:

A cluster of Neighborhood Commercial Corridors would receive a total of $863,000. This consists of five programs:

Main Street Network is a community-led revitalization program designed to stimulate neighborhood businesses. In June 2010, Portland designated Alberta, Hillsdale and St. Johns as its first three Main Street districts. The districts receive grants for district administration, property and sustainability improvements, and promotional events.

 Mayor Hales speaking

Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative focuses on six economically challenged business areas in East and outer Northeast Portland. In addition to ongoing technical assistance and training, the districts will be eligible for a district administration and operations grant, marketing, promotions and branding grants, and a property improvement grant.

For Venture Portland, an estimated $303,000 will go to support training, technical assistance, and small grants to Portland's neighborhood business district associations.

The proposal also calls for an estimated $994,000 in Small Business Support, which includes technical assistance for citywide small businesses, allowing the city to support delivery of services by qualified non-profit providers. The funds will be focused on stabilizing and growing small businesses with modest incomes; businesses located in economically challenged areas; and businesses whose owners may need services provided in languages other than English.

Finally, the proposal calls for more than $1.22 million for Neighborhood Economic Development, which is designed to assist low-income Portlanders through workforce development. All participants must have incomes of 50 percent or lower of the Portland-area median family income, and many recipients face barriers such as limited English, criminal histories, lack of housing, drug and alcohol addiction, and lack of education credentials.

 

Traded-Sector Job Creation and Retention: $2.04 million

This includes Cluster Developments worth an estimated $1.44 million to raise the city’s national and international profile in four target industries: clean technology; athletic and outdoor; advance manufacturing; and software. The goal is to help companies within those sectors retain and expand workforce, as well as strategic recruitment of firms into Portland and the region.

The proposal includes $444,000 for Entrepreneurship Support, a key program within the city to create high-paying jobs, support high-growth firms, commercialize local technologies and encourage broad economic development. This includes access to early stage capital, mentoring and produce development for local entrepreneurs and startups. The program also supports initiatives designed to align resources for women and minority entrepreneurs.


Update: Vigor Industrial's Dry Dock Arrives in Portland

 

Vigor Dry DockTUESDAY, AUG. 26 2014 – a massive, floating dry dock dubbed The Vigorous arrives in Portland aboard the Dutch MV Blue Marlin, often referred to as the world’s largest heavy-lift marine vessel. The dry dock will allow Vigor Industrial, on Swan Island, to repair much larger marine craft. The Oregonian’s Mark Graves, Mike Francis and Mike Zacchino offer this photo essay.

“Portlanders sometimes forget that there is a strong industrial sector in our economy,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “This very-visible expansion, right here on Swan Island, is a good reminder that skills like welding and machining play key roles in the lives of working Portlanders.”


 

Vigor Industrial Adds Massive Dry Dock; Addition Will Create Jobs

FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2014 – A massive floating dry dock will arrive at the Columbia River this weekend, carrying components that will be assembled and put to work on Swan Island this fall by Vigor Industrial. The company says it will be the largest such dry dock in the country.Mayor Hales studies information on dry dock

Oregonian reporter Mike Francis offers this article on the new facility, which will draw very large ships into the Willamette River for repair. The ships will be visible from much of Portland and from many of the city’s bridges.

Foti said the dry dock’s arrival means 130 people will work for several months on the two vessels in the queue at Swan Island, and those people "would not have worked" at Vigor if not for the dry dock, according to The Oregonian.

Frank Foti, Vigor president and chief executive officer, met with Mayor Charlie Hales and staff from the Mayor's Office and Portland Development Commission, earlier this summer, to outline the company’s plans to expand and to draw even larger ships to Swan Island for repairs.

“Portlanders sometimes forget that there is a strong industrial sector in our economy,” Hales said. “This very-visible expansion, right here on Swan Island, is a good reminder that skills like welding and machining play key roles in the lives of working Portlanders.”

The $40 million dry dock is called The Vigorous and was constructed in China.


 Startup PDX Challenge semi-finalists named; public vote begins

 

The Portland Development Commission has narrowed a field of 134 Startup PDX Challenge applicants from the United States and Canada to 19 semi-finalists in Portland’s search for startups with diverse founding teams and the ambition to scale to a national or international market.

Up to six for-profit startup businesses will receive a package valued at $50,000 per company with a $15,000 working capital grant, a full year of rent-free office space at 115 SW Ash in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown, and free professional advice, memberships and services. Up to four more startups will be named merit finalists and will receive a package valued at $4,000 per company.

http://www.pdc.us/news-and-events/all-news/all-news-detail/14-08-04/Startup_PDX_Challenge_semi-finalists_named_public_vote_begins.aspx

 


Daimler Breaks Ground on Portland Headquarters Building

 

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 – Mayor Charlie Hales and Gov. John Kitzhaber were on hand Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $150 million Daimler Trucks North America headquarters on Swan Island.Mayor Hales at Daimler groundbreaking

                       

Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, spoke about the choice of Portland for the expanded facility.

“Daimler is a good corporate neighbour,” Hales said. “They get the spirit of Portland. I’ve heard Martin Daum talk about it before, and he’s right. Daimler and Portland are a perfect fit.”

In 2012, Daimler and Western Star Trucks purchased $135 million from Oregon vendors and suppliers. Daimler also supports area high schools, the Oregon Food Bank, the United Way and the Washington Park Summer Concert Series.

A 265,000 square-foot building will bring together Daimler operations now scattered across several offices and will allow for growth. Daimler plans to add another 400 employees to its Portland work force.

The project also includes opening a greenway trail along the Willamette River and construction of a parking garage. The company has partnered with Ankrom Moisan for the architectural design and Hoffman Corporation for construction.

Link to Gov. Kitzhaber’s comments at ground breaking.

 


Mayor Hales Supports Shriver Report’s ‘City-Festo’ for Women’s, Other Groups’ Empowerment

 

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 — At Happy Cup Coffee Company in City Hall one afternoon, barista Caitlin Lawson coached Keyona, 28, through the register, checking out an iced coffee order.

Keyona at Happy Cup

Happy Cup — with its coffee roasting operation and two café locations — is a program through Full Life, an organization that employs developmentally disabled adults like Keyona who want to work for minimum wage or better with benefits, job counseling, and other services. Full Life was founded 12 years ago by a woman who championed opportunities for disabled adults.

“It’s fun,” says Keyona, who has worked with Full Life for seven years. “I get to work with different people. It gives me a different outlook and perspective on life.”

The city has supported Happy Cup’s mission, helping it into the City Hall location and into a Northeast Portland space near the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct.

Such support is why Maria Shriver, founder of Shriver Report, praised Mayor Charlie Hales at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June for Portland’s progressive and innovative efforts to create an equitable city. Shriver Report is a nonprofit online platform through which women and others may share stories of progress in overcoming inequity. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Shriver’s organization distributed a “city-festo,” a guide to implementing policies that support families and work to empower both women and men to be successful in their cities.

In addition to existing policies and advocacy at the city, state and federal level, Hales is supporting Shriver Report’s call for city leaders to be “architects of change,” encouraging policies that support women and families through education, involvement and outreach.

“Happy Cup embodies Portland’s progressive values,” says Hales, who visits the City Hall café for coffee and salads. “We’re a city that cares for its people, and we put our progressive values into practice.”

The mayor has thrown his support behind the “city-festo” as another step in overcoming historical inequities to make the city more livable for everyone.

“Portland is a deliberately family-friendly city,” Hales says. “We’re continuing to work to make sure every resident lives in a complete neighborhood, with parks full of amenities, streets and sidewalks in good repair, and equal opportunities for successful futures.”

The “city-festo” calls for an informed community, 100 percent voter registration, and education, encouraging city officials to teach equity through leadership, policies and practices.

Hales, through diversity workshops such as White Men as Full Diversity Partners and outreach initiatives such as Black Male Achievement, has led Portland through many of the report’s 10 steps to build change.

Likewise, the city has made progress through Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s citywide paid sick leave policy; sick leave was the No. 1 policy that women who were surveyed said they needed from their city. Shriver told Hales that Portland’s policy is an exemplar for cities nationwide.

Through Black Male Achievement, Hales led community leaders in collaboratively developing programs to support young, African-American men, who disproportionately experience high incarceration, dropout and unemployment rates. SummerWorks, whose second-largest funder is the city, finds summer internships for at-risk teenagers, helping them stay on the right track. City Hall this year hired 100 interns.

Hales, through the U.S. Conference of Mayors, has advocated for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. At the state level, the city has advocated for statewide sick leave, affordable housing non-discrimination legislation, tuition equity, and for funding pilot programs to build of Portland Community College’s successful Future Connect scholarship program, which seeks to eliminate financial barriers to college. Last year the City Council passed two affordable housing policies that were key to preserving affordable housing units in Portland. One continued a tax abatement program to create an incentive for developers to build affordable housing, and another clarified that affordable housing on city property is tax-exempt.

Caitlin Lawson and Keyona at Happy CupAnd the city supports businesses like Happy Cup.

“Happy Cup establishes challenges that not every service job gives you,” says Lawson, the barista. “The relationships we build with Full Life clients make the job so much more fulfilling.”

ShriverReport’s “city-festo” gives the city more equity goals to pursue — 100 percent voter registration, addressing inequities across the city, empowering oftentimes marginalized populations.

“The ‘city-festo’ is a great list of goals that Portland is capable of achieving,” Hales says. “We’ve made tremendous progress over the last year-and-a-half. Now it’s time to focus our energies on making this city truly equitable for all genders, all races, all sexual orientations — all citizens.”

 


Mayor Hales, Sen. Wyden, Commissioner Smith Kick Off SummerWorks' Sixth Year

 

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014 — City, county and federal partners today at the Portland Building kicked off the SummerWorks program’s sixth year placing young people in summer jobs.

Mayor Charlie Hales, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith praised the program for helping teens and young adults gain the work experience that is critical to their long-term success.

SummerWorks, a program through Worksystems Inc., since 2009 has placed 2,617 young people, ages 16 to 21, in summer jobs. The program emphasizes under-represented youth who face challenges such as growing up in poverty or at risk of dropping out of high school. 

“We’ve been able to grow this program at Multnomah County since 2011 from 25 young men and women to 125 this year,” says Smith, who will accept an award July 13 on the program’s behalf at the National Association of Counties’ annual convention. “This program works because it connects young people with quality jobs at good pay and provides the skills they need to make their lives better now and in the future.”

The program formed in response to a persistent youth unemployment problem in Oregon; 36,000 young people are both out of school and out or work in the Portland metro area. Last year only about 25 percent of people 16 to 19 years old had a job. For young African-American men, that figure was only 12 percent.

Hales has prioritized working with public and private partners to build a more robust internship system to connect Portland students to the local workforce, and is particularly focused on ameliorating disparities in education, work and family outcomes for African-American men.

“There are several ways we as a community have failed the African American youth — education, employment, incarceration rates,” Hales says. “These internships help level the playing field in a key performance measure, employment. This program provides a leg up. It’s a small step, but a good one.”

Nearly 60 percent of SummerWorks’ funding comes from the city of Portland, Multnomah County, and Worksystems Inc., which is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Labor. Last year, Worksystems contributed $222,169 to the program; the city of Portland $188,071; and Multnomah County $173,475.

“The SummerWorks program is an indispensable tool in training the next generation of productive workers, in breaking the cycle of poverty, and in teaching young people the value of work and the self-esteem that comes with it,” Sen. Wyden says. “This program is the gold standard for demonstrating to the rest of the country that local governments and the federal government can come together with local nonprofits and private enterprise to find good jobs for young people who want to work and want to contribute to their community.”


Urban League Career Fair Slated

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 – The Urban League of Portland's annual career fair is scheduled for next week.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Double Tree Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., near the Lloyd Center.

This fair gives jobseekers the opportunity to meet face to face with recruiters from more than 50 employers, including representatives from corporate, professional, clerical, construction and health care industries, as well as the non-profit and government sectors.


Family behind Orox Leather artisan goods used PDC assistance to open 1st store, workshop in Old Town

 

After many years making sandals out of a garage and selling at Saturday Market, Orox Leather Co. moved into Old Town in December 2012, and celebrated its first bricks-and-mortar store with a grand opening party on August 1, 2013.

http://www.pdc.us/news-and-events/all-news/all-news-detail/13-10-02/Small_business_big_dreams.aspx


 

'Enough is Enough' Call to Action: Community Led, Offering Solutions; Join the Campaign

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014 -- As of Sept. 17, 2014 there have been 92 gang-related violence incidents in the city of Portland, the majority of which have involved firearms. The number of incidents thus far in 2014 is a dramatic increase from previous years. Tragically Ervaeua Herring, a 21-year-old pregnant woman, was fatally shot in a gang-related attack in her apartment; she was the city’s 15th homicide. Last year there were 16 homicides by the end of the year. 

Antoinette Edwards

The mayor's Office of Youth Violence Prevention, with the assistance of other local government agencies, is currently encouraging community members to step forward and support victims of violence, while encouraging witnesses to speak to case investigators, through a community led campaign entitled "Enough is Enough."  The goal of this campaign or call to action is to stop violence within our community.

During a recent “Enough is Enough” meeting the CEO of the Urban League of Portland, in a heavy voice said, “Standing up is hard. But it’s easier than watching loved ones die. Enough is enough.”

The community-generated “Enough is Enough” campaign is working on an ubiquitous message: The community will not tolerate gang related violence.

In addition, the Office of Youth Violence Prevention manages and or is involved in a number of programs all of which offer assistance to at risk youth and their families. See http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth for information. 

If you wish to become involved in the “Enough is Enough” campaign, you can e-mail or call Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) Director Antoinette Edwards at antoinette.edwards@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3584, or OYVP Policy Manager, Tom Peavey at tom.peavey@portlandoregon.gov or  503-823-4180.


Police Chief Reese Releases Video on Community Trust

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014 — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese last week released a video message to the community that emphasized the Police Bureau’s commitment to building diversity, responsible and accountable use of force, and transparency in the bureau.

“Trust is a perishable commodity—something we must build every day,” Chief Reese says in the video.

The chief released the video in the context of turmoil incited by a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. Mayor Charlie Hales, commissioner of the Police Bureau, on Aug. 14 released a statement on the violence in Ferguson.

“No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police,” the mayor said.

As Portland police work with the community to combat gang violence, supporting the “Enough is Enough” campaign that encourages witnesses to come forward with information to solve gang-related crimes, the bureau is working to improve community trust.

Mayor Hales has worked to build that trust, prioritizing new training for bureau members that emphasizes appropriate use of force, de-escalation and equity. And the bureau this year started receiving training on systemic inequities, implicit bias and cultural diversity.

Read the transcript. Watch the full video:

 


Moms Demand Action Organization Offers Support for Campaign

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2014—Following Monday’s “Enough is Enough” campaign community meeting, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has reached out to find out what the organization can do to support “Enough is Enough.”

Antoinette Edwards, director of the mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention, facilitated the meeting Monday; the campaign is community-led with support from Mayor Charlie Hales’ office. Ultimately the community wants to create an environment in which gangs cannot operate.

On Wednesday Edwards received an e-mail from a Moms Demand Action volunteer who was moved by the meeting.

“I attended Monday's meeting mostly to listen to and learn from my fellow attendees. It was a moving and enlightening evening,” wrote Rebecca Cohen, a volunteer with the organization. “The goals and activities of Moms Demand Action overlap with those of ‘Enough is Enough’ in many ways. We work with survivors and family members affected by gun violence, and we advocate nationally for stronger gun safety laws that will reduce the amount of guns in circulation, which too often end up in the hands of dangerous individuals.”

Edwards is in communication with Cohen to unite the campaign’s efforts with the organization. The support bolsters the “Enough is Enough” campaign, whose goal is to achieve ubiquity in gang-affected neighborhoods.

“I, too, have lost a family member to gun violence,” Cohen wrote. “While the details and stories of each senseless death are unique, the sudden pain of losing a loved one is something we all unfortunately share.”


Community Meeting Encourages Residents to Say 'Enough is Enough'

 

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014 — In a packed meeting room at the Community Policing Facility on Monday evening, Lucy Mashia’s voice broke.

Lucy Mashia

Gang members, “have gotten so bold they’re kicking in doors and shooting women,” said Mashia, whose son Leonard Irving Jr. was shot and killed in 2011. “We’re being held hostage by cowards.”

Mashia was among the mothers of victims of gang-related shootings who shared their experiences at a community meeting aimed at galvanizing support for the “Enough is Enough” campaign against gang violence. The campaign is an effort to build a culture of witnesses coming forward with information, creating an environment in which gangs cannot operate.

This weekend marked the 87th gang-related violence call in the city this year—a dramatic increase from recent years. Ervaeua Herring, a 21-year-old pregnant woman, was fatally shot in a gang-related attack in her apartment on Sunday; she was the city’s 15th homicide. Last year there were 16 homicides by the end of the year.

Antoinette Edwards “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the neighbors of everyone affected by this violence in our city,” Mayor Charlie Hales said Monday. “This is intolerable. The city and police are continuing to do what we can to stop the violence in the community. But we need the community’s help.”

Antoinette Edwards, director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, on Monday encouraged the crowd to brainstorm ways to break the “snitch code” of silence, and to come forward as witnesses to help put attackers behind bars.

“Where’s our outrage?” Edwards asked the crowd. “This is what this meeting is about: Our community, making a difference. Enough is enough.”

Crime Stoppers contact information.

The mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention has several multi-agency efforts to reach out to youths and families to break generational ties to gangs (Gang Impacted Family Team); to reach out to gang members (Street-Level Gang Outreach Program); and to connect misdemeanor offenders with resources such as mentors, housing, job readiness and education in order to support stable futures (Court Bench Probation Project).

The community-generated “Enough is Enough” campaign hopes to add to those efforts a ubiquitous message: The community will not tolerate gang activity.

“The whole community knows who killed my son, but they still haven’t been arrested,” Mashia said, calling people to come forward with information.

Michael Alexander, president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, in a heavy voice said, “Standing up is hard. But it’s easier than watching loved ones die. Enough is enough.”

 


Statement from Mayor on Gun Violence, Aug. 16-17, in Portland

 

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014 – This weekend, Portland saw an intolerable outbreak of gun violence: a 12:37 a.m. Sunday shooting on Southeast Third Avenue; a 5 a.m. shooting on Powell Boulevard; a 10:41 p.m. shooting in Northgate Park.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the neighbors of everyone affected by this violence in our city. This is the 87th gang-related violence call in our city this year – a dramatic increase from recent years.

The community is organizing an “Enough is Enough” meeting, 6 p.m., at the Community Policing Center, 449 N.E. Emerson St. This is a meeting organized by the community, for the community. The goal is to stop violence within our community; and to provide support for victims, their families, and Portlanders at large.

Participants will be asked for their guidance and advice within their areas of interest.

For more information, contact the Office of Youth Violence Prevention at (503) 823-3584.

 


Violence in Ferguson, Mo.

Statement from Portland Mayor Charlie Hales:

 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Michael Brown, the young man shot in Ferguson, Mo. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire community of Ferguson. And also to the African-American community in Portland, and throughout Oregon, and throughout our nation.

No law-abiding people should ever have reason to fear the police. Yet we must honestly admit that, too often, this is not true for a wide swath of our community: people of color.

That’s why I’ve made it a priority to join with many of my fellow mayors to focus on the lives of young black men in our community. Mayors like Michael Nutter in Philadelphia, and Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans, and I are focusing on this very topic through the Black Male Achievement Initiative.

In Portland, we are focusing on ways to collaborate with the community and to intercede on behalf of young African-Americans in the areas of jobs, education and incarceration rates. This is vital work. That is as true in Portland as it is everywhere.

Also in Portland, we have put a priority on new training for our Police Bureau, with an emphasis on the appropriate use of force, on de-escalation and on equity. Bureau members have begun receiving training on systemic inequities, implicit bias and cultural diversity. In July, as mayor and police commissioner, I joined in three intensive days of training for my staff and the top officials of the police department, on these very topics. The training, called White Men as Full Diversity Partners, was controversial to some but understood by many. But this week’s headlines provide just one example of why such training is vital.

We, as a society, have consistently failed multiple groups of Americans. We cannot continue to do so in the future.

Mayor Charlie Hales 

 


Mayor Celebrates Community Safety, Unity at National Night Out Events

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014 — Jordan, 3, looked apprehensively at the plume of hamburger-scented smoke rising from the grill.

Jordan, Firefighter Matt Fullerton

“Fire! Fire!” he shouted, looking up at the Portland Fire and Rescue firefighters towering behind him. “It’s hot!”

“The kid’s a natural,” said Battalion Chief Mark Kaiel. “He’s got a future.”

Firefighters with Station 2, Truck 2 on Tuesday evening were at Columbia Ridge Apartments for the Wilkes neighborhood National Night Out event, one of about 100 citywide. Since 1983, on the second Tuesday in August residents nationwide gather in their neighborhoods to demonstrate their commitment to safety and community. Law enforcement and emergency services attend events in their neighborhoods.

“This crew responds to this complex a few times a year,” Kaiel said. “It’s good for residents to see these guys outside of a crisis. And it’s good for the crew to see residents in a fun environment.”

Mayor Charlie Hales attended several National Night Out events Tuesday to talk with residents in an informal setting, sharing food, meeting kids, and hearing about the neighborhood.

Nhu To-Haynes, Mayor Hales, First Lady Hales, Nyla Tu-Haynes, Olivia Tu-Haynes

“These events are a fantastic way to get people out into their neighborhoods,” Hales said. “A united neighborhood strengthens the fabric of community — critical for safety and prosperity.”

At Wilkes in East Portland, kids clamored in and out of a fire truck, handing their cellphones to firefighter Matt Fullerton to snap a photo.

In a Cully neighborhood apartment complex, Clara Vista Apartments, kids took over a police car, finding the button for the lights, the PA system, and — to the panic of police officers — the radio.

“No emergency,” Portland Police Officer Graham said into this chest radio, “just some kids.” He turned to the car: “OK, guys, time to get out.”

At the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in far Northeast Portland, kids from widely varied backgrounds ran around the gym with bouncy balls and hula hoops, pausing for face painting or to pull a block from the giant Jenga game.

At Binford Condominium Association’s event in Northeast Portland, former State Sen. Avel Gordly chatted with the mayor and First Lady over bratwurst and fruit. Used books were out for the taking, and kids ran around the expansive yard, pausing to smack a piñata and feed a parrot.

Marigold HydroPark hosted Southwest Portland’s Markham neighborhood event. Families gathered at picnic tables full of food and kids played with enough soccer balls to keep them dashing about.

parrot

In South Burlingame Park, the band Still Kickin’ — comprised of friends who’ve been jamming for nine years — played as children explored a fire engine, snatching stickers from firefighters Shannon Ellison and Josh Clemmer.  

“National Night Out celebrates neighborhood safety and unity,” Hales said. “Look around — it’s working. People are having fun, hanging out. What a great, worthwhile event.” 

 


Mayor Hales Dedicates Funds to Helping Human Trafficking Survivors

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 — Mayor Charlie Hales and commissioners at Wednesday’s City Council meeting approved a $297,000 grant to support Janus Youth Programs’ shelter beds, treatment and case management services for human trafficking victims between 18 and 25 years old.

“The program saves women’s lives,” Hales said. “And it helps make the community safer by removing gangs’ revenue source.”

Humans have become the second-most lucrative commodity on the black market behind drugs, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office reports. Gangs and other criminal organizations prefer humans because they’re a reusable resource; they can be resold.

That horrific dehumanization most frequently affects teenagers, both girls and boys, and is becoming more common in Portland because of the city’s position on Interstate 5 and the airport. Traffickers recruit girls who are 12 to 14 years old, spanning socioeconomic status, education level, and race, according to the district attorney.

Portland Police Capt. Mike Geiger on Wednesday spoke in support of the funding. His highlighted the tremendous need to support safe places for trauma victims.

Below is his written statement. 

Below is a transcript of Sgt. Geiger's remarks at Council:

"This has been a long fight, a difficult one. We’ve been engaged in it for a few years now, and I think that much of what we’ve been trying to come to grips with is how does that happen here and what’s going on with our children and our community.

Human trafficking is becoming one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world today. We’ve been trying to figure out how we strike a balance between accountability, between law enforcement, and the needs of the child — the needs of the vulnerable and the violated.

What this funding shows me is confirmation that the city of Portland has chosen to take a stand on behalf of the vulnerable, and on behalf of the violated. And I would say that support for law enforcement and support for the victims are not mutually exclusive. What we have come to learn is the way in which we view an individual dictates the way we respond to that individual. So, by providing advocacy resources and a safe place to stay, we’re telling them that the overriding goal is the restoration, and their removal from the life of exploitation and victimization to one of health and safety and a positive future. Those things can’t be accomplished absent the support services we brought to bear on their behalf.

Young people, whether they are teenagers or people in their twenties or whoever they are, they desire safety, and they desire security, and they need first and foremost to have their emotional and physical needs met before we begin to address the other facts. I think this is what this funding does, what we have seen is a dramatic increase in our ability to prosecute cases both at the state and federal level. It has been remarkable.

What I would submit, we would have never been able to accomplish that absent the support from the people like Janus Youth Programs and the Sexual Assault Resource Center. What that is, that has done, is allowed them to rebuild their emotional state, to gain a sense of security and empowerment, and to recognize finally there is a degree of victimization that they had not faced before, which empowers them to give us the information we need in order to put together a comprehensive case that brings accountability.

We are accomplishing both, and I am very happy about that because it speaks to what we think about these young people. It speaks to the priority that we have here in our community. That we want the best for them and for them to be free of exploitation. To me, that speaks to the character of our department and it speaks to the character of this council, and your support is just very much appreciated.  So, thank you."


Mayor Calls for Collaborative Action to Address Gang Violence Among Youth

 

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2014 — Two homicides in one week and the recently released Multnomah County Comprehensive Gang Assessment illustrate the serious gang problem facing Portland, said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

“The data are clear: The complex dynamics around our young people getting involved in gangs means all of us have a part to play,” Hales said. “I remain committed to helping lead the city’s effort to ensure that young people in Portland have hope for the future.”

The city is one of many partners working to combat gang activity issues through the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, a 19-year-old work group co-chaired by Hales and County Commissioner Judy Shiprack that coordinates criminal justice policy among government entities.

Last week two shootings in Portland resulted in two deaths. An early morning shooting outside a strip club in East Portland on Saturday left Hahrahcio Roy Branch, 26, dead. That came five days after Andrew Leon Coggins Jr., 24, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Monday afternoon in North Portland, near McCoy Park.

Hales through his Office of Youth Violence Prevention is pushing for collaborative action, including the people most impacted by gangs and violence in order to address the collective impact of the issues.

  • The Gang Impacted Family Team works with a number of governmental and nonprofit organizations to break youths’ generational ties to gang activity that goes back up to three generations.

  • The Street-Level Gang Outreach Program, started in 2009, funds three nonprofit organizations that reach out to gang-affected young people and families.

  • The office works with the Multnmah County District Attorney Office's Court Bench Probation Project to connect misdemeanor offenders with mentors, as well as resources such as housing, job readiness, and education.

Hales plans to supplement outreach with his Black Male Achievement Initiative, stemming from a National League of Cities grant of technical assistance. The initiative will offer young, African-American men paid internships and a year of wraparound services — job shadowing, networking, tutoring, community service, computer training, leadership development — to help them avoid gangs and achieve stability. The mayor has invested $200,000 and staff time in the effort.

“I want Black Male Achievement,” Hales says, “to develop into a community-led, comprehensive resource for young, black males in Portland to realize their fullest potential.”

 


Mayor Hales Celebrates Community Unity with Good in the Hood

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014 — Mayor Charlie Hales, First Lady Nancy Hales, and members of the mayor’s staff on Saturday paraded down Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to celebrate community unity at Good in the Hood.

For more than two decades, the Good in the Hood festival has sought to build unity in Northeast Portland, with a focus on community-building. The event started as a Holy Redeemer Catholic School fundraiser for education programs. Now the event includes more than 2,000 parade participants from across the city and vendors from across Oregon and Washington, expanding the community far beyond Northeast Portland.

On Saturday, the smell of Big C’s BBQ settled over Albina Park and people danced to covers performed by Elliot Young and the Smokin’ Section. The Ebony Strutters, a drill team of girls aged approximately 4 to 15, delighted the crowd with a dance routine; by the end of it, the audience — including the mayor — was dancing along.

Hales kicked off the festival by proclaiming June 28 “Unity in the Community Day.” Good in the Hood reflects the mayor’s goal to develop a city of “complete neighborhoods” — those with good schools, ample jobs, and streets, sidewalks and parks that are safe and in good repair. The event is an exemplar of civic ownership among neighborhood residents; its growth shows how positive momentum in neighborhoods benefits the city as a whole.

“In my office we don’t talk about world-class cities,” Hales says. “We talk about world-class neighborhoods. And Good in the Hood is an excellent example of that.”

'Enough is Enough'

Community Meeting Encourages Residents to Say 'Enough is Enough'

 

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014 — In a packed meeting room at the Community Policing Facility on Monday evening, Lucy Mashia’s voice broke.

Lucy Mashia

Gang members, “have gotten so bold they’re kicking in doors and shooting women,” said Mashia, whose son Leonard Irving Jr. was shot and killed in 2011. “We’re being held hostage by cowards.”

Mashia was among the mothers of victims of gang-related shootings who shared their experiences at a community meeting aimed at galvanizing support for the “Enough is Enough” campaign against gang violence. The campaign is an effort to build a culture of witnesses coming forward with information, creating an environment in which gangs cannot operate.

This weekend marked the 87th gang-related violence call in the city this year—a dramatic increase from recent years. Ervaeua Herring, a 21-year-old pregnant woman, was fatally shot in a gang-related attack in her apartment on Sunday; she was the city’s 15th homicide. Last year there were 16 homicides by the end of the year.

Antoinette Edwards “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to the neighbors of everyone affected by this violence in our city,” Mayor Charlie Hales said Monday. “This is intolerable. The city and police are continuing to do what we can to stop the violence in the community. But we need the community’s help.”

Antoinette Edwards, director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, on Monday encouraged the crowd to brainstorm ways to break the “snitch code” of silence, and to come forward as witnesses to help put attackers behind bars.

“Where’s our outrage?” Edwards asked the crowd. “This is what this meeting is about: Our community, making a difference. Enough is enough.”

Crime Stoppers contact information.

The mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention has several multi-agency efforts to reach out to youths and families to break generational ties to gangs (Gang Impacted Family Team); to reach out to gang members (Street-Level Gang Outreach Program); and to connect misdemeanor offenders with resources such as mentors, housing, job readiness and education in order to support stable futures (Court Bench Probation Project).

The community-generated “Enough is Enough” campaign hopes to add to those efforts a ubiquitous message: The community will not tolerate gang activity.

“The whole community knows who killed my son, but they still haven’t been arrested,” Mashia said, calling people to come forward with information.

Michael Alexander, president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, in a heavy voice said, “Standing up is hard. But it’s easier than watching loved ones die. Enough is enough.”